The War of Two Religions

Reading your comments, knowing about Paul Johnson I felt the fear of being lost in a huge
undertaking I do not know how to deal with right
now. Perhaps, I may have to learn, and I will, but we can hope.

I looked at the pictures of Mr. Johnson as I looked at the picture of Daniel Pearl. When I
looked at Daniels, I finally realized how the
enemy is, and accepted the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is hard to see, but this is what
America is trying so hard to tell the world, the
capacity for savagry these terrorists have, with
no real belief in the sanctity of life.

They do not understand how people in the western world see each life as something precious and
of value.

There is anger everywhere I expect, and I would
worry if there was not, as we should be angry at
people who do this to someone simply because they
want us to be afraid, very afraid. They do not
understand the anger of people who see this and
want to retaliate in kind. We will not, but for
awhile we would want to, but being the people
we are, we will not seek revenge for this, but
will fight even harder for freedom.

They made a big mistake here, and I am not sure
if they will understand that.

Your comments were so clear and honest, I found
myself angry, but steadied for some reason.

Posted by Carole at June 18, 2004 7:24 PM

Deny the terrorists their goal - publicity. Without the headlines they are just one more gang of hoods whose only salable product is going away.

Posted by Walter E. Wallis at June 19, 2004 8:29 AM

I think you mean, "Dispatches from the New Reich."

Posted by Billmon at June 22, 2004 7:32 AM

One can only hope that the "next" strike will be a place with a high concentration of "useful idiots," but due to their working capacity as "useful idiots" this will most likely not be the case. Lacking this possibility, perhaps a strike on the "left" coast bring on a sort of "bi-coastal" approach to the war on terror.
Anything, that will end to hallucinations that isolation of pacificism will put the world back to a pre-9/11 state, will at least serve a purpose. The barbarians are at the gates and they don't look like Bush et al.

Posted by J_Crater at June 22, 2004 11:14 AM

The terrorists attacked a couple buildings.
The resulting attacks on Freedom came from our own government.

Posted by Soliton at June 22, 2004 12:58 PM

The buildings were not empty. The terrorists attacked the freedom of 3,000 people to work, live, laugh, think, speak, pray, vote. Please do not blaspheme the dead with your petty political progaganda. It makes you look so silly.

Posted by nobody important at June 22, 2004 2:08 PM

TO: Vanderleun
RE: I Disagree

"As the youngest of the monotheistic religions, Islam is at a point in its development that Christianity passed through centuries ago." -- Vanderleun

At a first blush this might seem accurate, however, I think the crusades were really the second phase of the war between Islam and the rest of the world.

The first phase was Islam's attempt, in the 8th Century, to conquor Europe, using the entry point of Spain. This was stopped by Charlemagne at the Battle of Toulon c. 803.

The West built up it's capabilities and in the 12th Century took the war to the Middle East. That was the beginning of the crusades.

Phase three began with the fall of Constantinople c. 1450. With that victory, Islam tried to spread itself into Europe once again, via the Balkans. It was stopped outside of Vienna.

Phase four began with World War I and the European destruction of the Ottoman Empire.

The West, a la Christianity, didn't grow out of the effort. They just decided that as long as they weren't going to attack us anymore, we wouldn't bother them.

Well...guess what....

Phase five is upon us.



Posted by Chuck Pelto at June 22, 2004 2:45 PM

Seattle has got to be the capital of frolicsome pointless Bush-bashing. Recently, our local weekly, The Stranger, featured a cover of Reagan standing tall with a monkey-like Bush clasping his heels.

Ha ha. Everybody having fun?

I like to think that both of those leaders could take a joke. What the editors and readers of The Stranger can't take is the reality that we have an enemy in crazed Islam.

Gerard, your analysis here of this refusal to face our enemy is spot on.

Posted by Doug at June 22, 2004 7:03 PM

Wow! What an original, clever concept, Bilmon. Perhaps you should get that copyrighted.

Posted by nobody important at June 23, 2004 7:17 AM


Another fruitless attempt to reason with a dolt, but here goes: if you have to compare American Digest to the 3rd Reich, all you are showing us is that you know zero about the 3rd Reich.

You need to spend some time with books rather than keying in stupidities on the internet.

God Bless,

Posted by Doug at June 24, 2004 2:28 PM

All I can say is that in an interview a few years ago, Osama Bin Laden stated that his intent is to create a holy war between all of the religions. Through his radical attacks on the American people, the war and bigotry and fear and hatred that have resulted are proof that he is winning.

Posted by Ana at October 5, 2005 2:40 PM